SYRACUSE, Neb – Nebraska’s first influenza report of 2019 places the state’s flu activity at a high level.
The state has identified A(H3N2) as the predominant strain, but other strains have been confirmed and infection is considered to be widespread.
The Jan. 5 flu report says 291 patients have been seen at hospitals and there have been 11 known flu outbreaks.
Symptoms can range from cough, headache, congestion and fever.
Health officials recommend flu shots, especially for the younger and older age groups.
The Center for Disease Control in June of 2018 reported that every year influenza kills between 12,000 and 49,000 people and can send more than 700,000 people to the hospital.